Lentils are a favorite of mine. They are high in protein, fiber, iron and folate. This recipe is smoky and a bit spicy, but you can make it more or less spicy, depending on your own taste.
Smoky Lentils with Fire Roasted Tomatoes
1 and 1/2 cups dried lentils, rinsed well.
1 medium onion, diced (1 cup)
1 TBS olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp smoked black pepper*
1 (14 ounce) can diced organic fire roasted tomatoes
1/4 cup water or more if needed
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (optional)
2 TBS capers (optional)
*If you don't have smoked black pepper, you can use a drop or two of "liquid smoke". I haven't used it before, but it's totally vegan.
Heat olive oil in large skillet over med heat and saute onion until soft and brown. Add jalapeno (if using) and cook a few minutes. Stir in minced garlic, cumin, salt and smoked pepper (or liquid smoke if using). Add lentils and coat well. Stir in tomatoes and water. Cover and simmer on med-low heat about 30-35 minutes, checking water level after 20 minutes. Add a little more if necessary. Remove from heat. Leave covered for about 10 minutes.
Stir in capers if desired.